John VIDLER OBE (1890-1967)

This Is Your Life Big Red Book

programme details...

  • Edition No: 79
  • Subject No: 79
  • Broadcast date: Mon 29 Dec 1958
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Recorded: Mon 10 Nov 1958 8.00pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 4
  • Edition: 14

on the guest list...

  • Wilfred Harvey
  • Bill Greswell
  • Donnie - wife
  • Sir Herbert Dowbiggin
  • George Hilliard
  • Arthur Shore
  • Ernest Matthews
  • Frances Banks
  • Raymond Blackburn
  • Dr Georg Sturup
  • Reginald Bradley
  • Recorded tribute:
  • 'S' - unnamed former prisoner

production team...

  • Researchers: Peter Moore, Ronald Vivian
  • Writers: Peter Moore, Ronald Vivian
  • Director: Vere Lorrimer
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
related page...

A Charitable Life

the unsung heroes

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Photographs of John Vidler This Is Your Life

The Observer article: John Vidler This Is Your Life

The Observer 4 January 1959


Massacre in the Mediterranean


OF all the philanthropists who have appeared in This Is Your Life, John Vidler, the outstandingly humane ex-Governor of Maidstone Prison, is one of the most sympathetic. It looked, for a moment, as if his apotheosis was going to be rather under-manned; but in addition to a moving recorded tribute by a prisoner we got a courageous, and televisually most successful appearance by Raymond Blackburn.

Series 4 subjects

Jo Capka | Jimmy Edwards | Andrew Milbourne | Bella Burge | Tommy Steele | Ronald Shiner | James Edward Wood
Margaret Rowena Jones | John Griffiths | Freddy Bloom | Bransby Williams | Miriam Moses | Elsie Mullock | John Vidler
Florence Desmond | Noel Duckworth | Alfred Daniel Wintle | Ted Heath | Andrew Macdonald | Harriet Cohen
Willie Hall | Reginald Blanchford | Kenneth More | Hugh Llewelyn Glyn Hughes | Miriam Jowett | Ted Willis
Alfred Southon | Tiger Sarll | Mary Ward | Roy Gill | Stirling Moss | Ethel Goldsack | Tommy Trinder